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  • Rhyme & Reason

    Rhyme & Reason

    I’m delighted to announce that the first two of my new series of books are now available! The series is called Rhyme & Reason, and it explains scientific ideas in rhyme. The first two books are: Rhyme & Reason: What is Water? and Rhyme & Reason: Why Do Things Fall Down? Coming later this year…

  • Worsbrough Bank End Primary

    Worsbrough Bank End Primary

    Last week, I spent the whole day at Bank End Primary School in Worsbrough, South Yorkshire. Everyone was so welcoming and interested in what I had to say and show them, I thought I’d write a post here. I am available for school visits! Typically, I visit primary schools, where I perform scientific demonstrations and…

  • ‘Seeing Science’ – out 11 October 2022

    ‘Seeing Science’ – out 11 October 2022

    I was so excited a few days ago to receive a few advance copies of my new book ‘Seeing Science – The Art of Making the Invisible Visible’. It will be published, by the wonderful people at The MIT Press, on 11 October this year. I’m so very proud of this book, and very excited…

  • The proof has arrived

    The proof has arrived

    The proof copy for my forthcoming book has arrived, and I’m sharing a page with you! The design looks stunning, and I’m busy picking through the text to make sure nothing has gone awry. Suffice to say I’m excited. The book is scheduled for publication late August.

  • More praise for The Atom

    More praise for The Atom

    My book “The Atom – A Visual Tour” continues to sell well, and has received lots of really great reviews. Here’s a snippet of an in-depth review from physicist James Marshall Smith, at the New York Review of Books: To say that the book covers a vast array of topics is an understatement, as it…

  • It’s about time …

    It’s about time …

    Did you know …  In Great Britain in 1752, Wednesday 2nd September was followed by Thursday 14th September.  In Scotland, 1599 had only nine months.  There have been 25 million minutes since 1972; 27 of them have had 61 seconds rather than the normal 60.  Time feels weird at the moment, during lockdown. Routines are…

  • GrrlScientist on ‘The Atom’

    GrrlScientist on ‘The Atom’

    I am very pleased that ‘The Atom’ has been listed on the wonderful GrrlScientist’s list of top ten science books of 2018. She says: “The Atom is an engaging and visually appealing overview of physics and chemistry, as well as the history of our thinking about atoms and their structure: how atomic interactions create the…

  • The Atom … to be published in September 2018

    The Atom … to be published in September 2018

    In a follow up to ‘The Cell‘, I have just finished writing the text for ‘The Atom’, to be published in September 2018 by the same publisher, Ivy Press (part of the Quarto group). This time, it is being published in association with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is very exciting. Watch this space…

  • Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize

    Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize

    I’m delighted that my book ‘Home Lab’ has won the prestigious Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2017. The book is called ‘Maker Lab’ in the USA, and published on both sides of the Atlantic by DK. I can announce that I have recently finished the follow-up book, which will be published in spring 2018.…